WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has hit out at boxing promoter Eddie Hearn after the Englishman’s latest rant aimed at him.
Promoter Hearn launched his frustrated attack on Wilder last week following more than a year of unsuccessful negotiations in securing a mega-fight showdown between Wilder and Britain’s Anthony Joshua.
After repeated attempts to secure a deal, and with the American camp refusing contact for long periods of time, Hearn has become exasperated and labelled Wilder an “idiot” and a “f***ing waste of time.”
Speaking to iFL TV, Hearn claimed that “The Bronze Bomber” is merely using Anthony Joshua to raise his own profile, stating “no-one knows who he f***ing is.”
WBC champ Wilder faces an undefeated Tyson Fury on December 1 following Fury’s recent resurgence back into the ring.
Wilder has reportedly demanded of Hearn a 60-40 split should he successfully see off Fury in December.
Hearn lambasted this money grab by saying: "Waste of my life. If that’s what he thinks please don’t waste my time.”
Nobody in America “cares” about Anthony Joshua
Wilder, 32, has since hit back at Eddie Hearn laughing at the Matchroom boss’ anger, saying: "We’re not focused on them, we’re not concerned by them.
“I don’t need another man to build my name, I got my status because I knock people out.
“If people do their own thing in their own country, we don’t care over here."
Brushing off Hearn’s suggestions that his team have no intention of fighting AJ on April 13 at Wembley, Wilder insisted: “I’m in the business of fighting the best, I’m in the business of seeing who’s the best.”
Wilder insinuated: "A lot of these guys are scared. They can say whatever they want but deep down inside when you go to bed you know the truth.
“It lingers with you and haunts you at night because you know who the baddest [sic] man on the planet is.
“If anyone avoids me after I beat (Tyson) Fury, then they will just be solidified in that spot of being cowards.”
No matter what the Wilder-Fury result will be in December, the idea of a Wilder-AJ showdown at Wembley in the spring is a mouth-watering prospect for boxing fans across the world.
Sooner or later, Wilder will have to face up to AJ, and with the Brit holding the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts, he certainly has more leverage in his negotiations.
Perhaps the WBC champion is himself wary of facing the in-form Anthony Joshua on his home turf, and using stalling tactics to avoid the inevitable.News Now - Sport News